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Richard Scott is a health care reporter focusing on health policy and public health. Richard keeps tabs on national health trends from his Philadelphia location and is an active member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Treating Chronic Pain With Cannabis Could Be Less Addictive Than Opioids

A research team is hopeful they have found a new path to less lethal pain relievers like opioids.

Promising Alzheimer’s Vaccine Moves Closer to Human Trials

The vaccine testing program is currently underway in pre-clinical trials, and the researchers plan to move forward with efficacy tests among human subjects once they conclude.

Could There Finally Be a Vaccine for the Common Cold?

A vaccine for the common cold may be available within the next decade.

Lab-Grown Mini Brains Shed Light on Autism

The researchers wanted to find out whether they could pinpoint changes in brain activity between the mini brains they created, which retained characteristics of a living, human brain.

What’s That? Lack Of Iron May Be Associated With Hearing Loss

The link between iron levels and hearing loss is a strong indicator for treating and avoiding auditory impairments.

Living Near Highways May Increase Dementia Risk

Here's how much your chance for developing dementia increases just by living near a busy road or highway.

Melanoma Drug Halts Spread of Cancer Cells by 90 Percent in Trials

A new drug compound therapy previously used to treat an autoimmune disorder shows promising results when targeting cancer-causing melanoma skin cells.

Stuttering Linked to Low Blood Flow in Brain

Using MRI technology, researchers are able to analyze blood flow to the part of the brain responsible for language and speech.

Parents’ Obesity May Cause Severe Developmental Delays in Children

Parental obesity has an alarming impact on children's developing fine motor and social skills.

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Slows Disease in Clinical Trials

The promising results of Phase III clinical trials for the drug Ocrelizumab revealed a significant decline in disease progression in human subjects.

New Study May Explain Mysterious Spike in Holiday Deaths

In the wake of Christmas, as families celebrate the coming new year, a curious phenomenon occurs – mortality rates spike to the highest levels of the year.

Vitamin D in Your Diet May Improve Your Gut Health

Researchers believe that extra vitamin D helps to improve gut health by replenishing good bacteria.

Groundbreaking Study Offers Glimpse of New Ways to Prevent Preterm Birth

Scientists have unlocked a longstanding mystery that may have important ramifications on maternal and infant health.

Light-Therapy Treatment Delivers Non-Surgical Alternative for Prostate Cancer Patients

A new treatment for early-stage prostate cancer uses light-sensitive drugs and laser therapy to obliterate cancer cells.

More Pregnant Women Are Using Marijuana

About 4 percent of pregnant women said they have used marijuana in the past month.

Groundbreaking Study Could Lead to Age Reversal Treatments

The research may have vast therapeutic implications if the age-reversement treatment can be transferred to humans.

13 Percent of Commercial Pilots May Be Depressed: Study

An anonymous survey of more than 1,800 pilots found that 13.5 percent of the pilots were depressed.

Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk: Study

Cholesterol-busting drugs known as statins may also protect patients from developing Alzheimer’s disease, says a new study in JAMA Neurology.

Hold, Breathe, Release: Yoga Can Improve Blood Pressure

Practicing yoga for an hour a day can help improve a person’s blood pressure and reduce the risk of serious health complications, according to a new study.

Optimism Increases Longevity, Reduces Risk of Cancer Death: Study

Seeing the glass half-full may be more than a way to view life – it may actually help you live longer.

Researchers Discover Possible Way to Block Migraines

Scientists have pinpointed a chemical in the brain tied to extreme migraine sensitivity, and their work could lead to new treatments.

Older Americans Are Happier, More Financially Stable: Study

Happiness in the U.S. is like a fine wine – it ripens as it ages – at least according to a new study.

Study Suggests Saturated Fats May Actually Be ‘Healthy’

A new study that defies conventional wisdom about the health effects of fat intake may soon have dieters asking, “Can you pass the butter, please?”

15 Extra Minutes of Sleep Could Boost Learning at School

A few extra minutes of sleep may provide a big boost to teens’ learning ability, a new study says.

Hallucinogenic ‘Shrooms’ Relieve Depression, Anxiety in Cancer Patients: Study

The active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, psilocybin, provides a significant boost to cancer patients facing depression, two studies found.

Marijuana Use Could Increase Alzheimer’s Risk: Study

Researchers found a significant reduction of blood flow to the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with creating and storing new memories.

Rest Easy, Mothers: Study Finds No Link Between Flu Vaccine and Autism

A study shows that there’s no link between receiving a flu vaccine during pregnancy and the child’s risk of being diagnosed with autism later in life.

School Air Quality May Be Worsening Children’s Asthma Symptoms

A concerning new study shows that poor air quality in schools may be compounding the dangerous effects of asthma in children.

Why Our Bodies Take Longer to Heal as We Age

A basic communication breakdown may be the culprit behind slower-healing wounds among older individuals, suggests a new study.

Breakthrough Gene-Editing Study Returns Sight to Blind Animals

Scientists have figured out a way to manipulate the DNA within adults cells, a technique that may prove especially useful against genetic diseases.

Unsafe Blood Pressure Rates Nearly Double in 40 Years

Worldwide, more than 1.13 billion people now live with high blood pressure, nearly doubling over the past 40 years.

Sugar-Laced Paper Kills E. Coli in Drinking Water

Scientists believe they have found a quick, inexpensive way of removing dangerous E. coli bacteria from drinking water.

Marijuana Could Help to Ease Substance Abuse, PTSD

Marijuana may be a powerful antidote for alcoholics and those dealing with opioid addiction to come clean, says a new study.

Birth Year May Determine Your Flu Risk

The discovery could reshape how the medical community views childhood vaccines.

Cases of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Spike in America

The number of Americans suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) could be triple what was previously estimated.

Cooking on High Heat Could Increase Your Heart Disease Risk

The level of heat in your kitchen may have a direct correlation to your chances of developing a dangerous heart condition.

Exercise Can Boost Testosterone in Overweight Men

Vigorous exercise can boost testosterone levels in overweight and obese men, lowering the chances of related health disorders.

Healthy Eating: The Effect on Your Brain

Researchers discovered a direct link between higher daily fruit and vegetable consumption and cognitive scores among adults.

Untreated Infections May Lead to Child Obesity

Researchers have cast aside prevailing wisdom that antibiotic use in a child’s first year of life is predictive of later obesity.

Brain Volume Could Predict Weight Loss Success

For those seeking to lose weight, a quick brain scan may predict how successful you’ll be, says a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The Diet Rollercoaster Explained

Your body may be quietly undermining your weight-loss efforts. A new study reveals that appetite increases as you lose weight.

Good Bacteria Can Limit E. Coli, Salmonella Infections

Health gut bacteria may block bacteria-related infections, such as salmonella and E. coli, from spreading.

Man Develops Hepatitis From Energy Drinks: Case Study

Be careful about overconsuming energy drinks – you may wind up with a case of acute hepatitis, warns a cautionary case study.

Side Effects Sideline Promising Male Birth Control Shot

A new male contraceptive method has proven highly effective at reducing pregnancy in female partners, yet consumers may not find it on the market for awhile.

Should Doctors Tell You You’re Overweight?

A 30-second discussion about a patient’s weight can lead to improved health outcomes, including a trimmed waistline.

Cranberry Juice is Not the Answer for UTIs, Study Says

Cranberries have long been touted as a remedy for urinary tract infections, but a new study suggests that the health benefits may be overblown.

Eating Broccoli May Slow Signs of Aging

An anti-aging enzyme found in a number of natural foods, including broccoli, is showing promise in staving off the long-term effects of growing old.

Two Diet Drinks a Day Could Double Your Diabetes Risk: Study

Researchers in Sweden found that sugary drinks can double a person’s chances of developing a certain type of diabetes.

Water vs. Diet Soda: Which Is Better for Weight Loss?

Those seeking to lose weight should consider avoiding diet sodas because they could be hampering one’s weight-loss goals, a new study says.

Women Are Closing the Alcohol Gender Gap

Women have nearly caught pace with men when it comes to rates of alcohol consumption, a trend that might have an impact on the health of the population.

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